Honorary degrees for county's leading lights


Staff reporter

LEADERS in the fields of science, business and law are being recognised with honorary degrees today.

Dr Duncan Shaw has been awarded a doctor of science in acknowledgement of his outstanding contribution to the work of the University of Chester over many decades.

Born in 1931, Dr Shaw was an RAF pilot and instructor before beginning his studies. He spent time working in California and completed his PHD in 1956.

He became pro-dean of the faculty of science at the University of Liverpool, a post he held until retirement in 1988.

Dr Shaw served on Chester College’s board of governors from 1983 to 2004 and remains director of the university's companies.

He said: “I am very pleased to have been associated with the emergence of Chester as a proper member of the community of UK universities and I look forward to seeing it continue on its path of increasing excellence.”

Viscount Michael Ashbrook will receive a doctor of business administration in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Cheshire.

After completing his national service, Lord Ashbrook was admitted as a solicitor in 1963 and became a partner in law firm Farrer and Co.

Following the death of his father, he took over Arley Estate and assumed the title of 11th Viscount Ashbrook and 12th Baron Castle Durrow.

He said: “As a Cheshire man born and bred, and having lived and worked in the county for most of my life, I regard it as a considerable honour and a very special pleasure to have been offered an honorary degree by our own university.”

Also being recognised is Judge Derek Halbert, who has been awarded a doctor of laws in recognition of his outstanding contribution to legal affairs in Cheshire.

Judge Halbert was born in Portsmouth and moved with his family to Great Sutton in 1957.

He entered chambers at 39 White Friars in Chester in 1971 and remained there until appointed to the bench.

Judge Halbert, who became Recorder in 1991 and was designated Civil Judge Cheshire in 2007, works with the university’s law undergraduates.

He said: “Deepest thanks to the university. I am, of course, most familiar with the law faculty and what has been achieved in terms of the academic standing of the University of Chester in such a short period of time is astonishing.

“I am glad to have been a small part of it and I am both very proud of, and profoundly grateful for, what has been awarded to me today.”

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